There was no shortage of action at the beach this past weekend as the Jack in the Box "Hoops at the Beach" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament descended upon Crown Point Shores for the 26th year. More than 170 teams competed among 17 different divisions. The competition ranged from elite to 6-foot and under, to Masters (age 40 years and up), Super Masters (50 yrs. and up) and all the way down to third and fourth grade boys and girls.
The team from Prestige Worldwide won top honors and the title of 'San Diego County Champions' when it captured the final game in the Elite division.
Three contest courts saw entertaining action and several familiar faces. Manny Lopez, a two-time winner in past HORSE competitions, was more accurate from the charity stripe this year, winning the Free Throw Contest. Newcomer Frank Palermo won the San Diego Chargers 3-Point Shootout while defending champion James Pauley finished in a tie for third. Pauley captured the 2013 HORSE title.
At the junior level (13 and under), Mike Madden won the San Diego Chargers 3-Point Shoot-out and Kai Komaki won both the Free Throw and HORSE titles.
A highlight every year, the San Diego County Kia Retailers Slam Dunk Contest served as the focal point Saturday at center court. Dontae Burnett earned the judges' top votes with his high flying acrobatics this year.
"Hoops at the Beach" has served as an annual fund-raiser for the non-profit Holiday Bowl for 26 years. In addition to the action on the courts, the event supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.
Other sponsor partners who made the weekend a success include: Wells Fargo, Rotary Club of San Diego, NBC San Diego, Dr Pepper TEN, Z90.3, Magic 92.5, Think Blue San Diego, San Diego Family Magazine, San Diego City Beat, Navy Dispatch, SanDiegoBasketball.com and the Mission Valley YMCA.
2013 Adult Division Winners
Elite - Prestige Worldwide
Men's Open - Three Thieves and the Block Party
Men's 6-foot/under A - Driveway Legends
Men's 6-foot/under B - Parkway Ballers
Men's 6-foot/under C - Can't Shoot
Men's 6-3/under - High Boyz
Masters - Flip Flops & Socks
Super Masters - Riverside Knights
Recreation - Markwade Crew
Boy's 9th/10th grade – San Diego Black Mambas
2013 Youth Division Winners
Girl's 3rd/4th grade - Wild Bunch #5
Girl's 7th/8th grade - Rage #1
Boy's 3rd/4th grade - Socks and Flip Flops
Boy's 5th/6th grade - Scripps Ranch All Stars
Boy's 7th/8th grade A - Dem Triton Boyz
Boy's 7th/8th grade B - Stingrays
Boy's 7th/8th grade C - Alpha Dawgs